Samsonov suffered an undisclosed injury prior to training camp and won't be available for the playoffs, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports. Although Braden Holtby was always expected to be the Capitals' starter heading into the postseason, this is still a major loss for Washington, as the team will no longer have a high-end backup to turn to should Holtby falter. Samsonov will finish the campaign having compiled a 16-6-2 record while posting a 2.55 GAA and .913 save percentage in 26 appearances. The 23-year-old Russian will likely be taking over as Washington's No. 1 netminder in 2020-21, as all signs currently point to Holtby leaving in free agency.
Samsonov (undisclosed) will not participate in Monday's practice, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports. Samsonov has plenty of time to get back on the ice but is the sole remaining member of Washington's roster yet to take part in any Phase 3 practice session. There is no reason to believe the 23-year-old netminder's availability for round robin play is in question, but keep circling back for further updates.
Samsonov (undisclosed) missed a second straight practice Tuesday, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports. Washington's unable to release any details regarding the reasoning behind Samsonov's absence due to the NHL's new injury update policy, but with over two weeks to go until round robin play gets underway, at this point there's no reason to suspect the 23-year-old netminder is in any danger of missing game action.
Samsonov allowed six goals on 39 shots in Thursday's 6-5 overtime loss to the Rangers. Samsonov was on the receiving end of a historic scoring performance by Mika Zibanejad, who scored five of the Rangers' six goals, including the overtime winner. The Russian netminder was able to earn his team a point in the standings, though most of the credit for that should go to Alex Ovechkin, who tied the game in the final minute. Samsonov is winless in his last five decisions (0-4-1) following a 16-2-1 start to his NHL career.
Samsonov will patrol the crease during Thursday's road game versus the Rangers, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports. Samsonov was sharp in his last start Thursday against the Jets, turning away 29 of the 31 shots he faced, but he ultimately suffered his seventh loss of the season due to a complete lack of goal support from his teammates. The 23-year-old backstop will attempt to snap his four-game losing streak in a road matchup with a Rangers team that's gone 17-14-2 at home this year.
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